MAN GETS SIXTY DAYS FOR REPEATED RAPING YOUNG GIRL – JUDGE’S REASONING IS STAGGERING! by Leslie Salzillo

MAN GETS SIXTY DAYS FOR REPEATED RAPING YOUNG GIRL – JUDGE’S REASONING IS STAGGERING! by Leslie Salzillo

“This one is hard to read and write. And like many, I’m taken with disbelief.” - Leslie Salzillo

A 40-year-old Glasgow, Montana man named Martin Blake was charged with three counts of rape and incest, admitted it, was convicted for one rape, pleaded out of a 100 year-sentence to receive 30 years, which are all suspended, and got 60 days in a jail (less 17 days already served).

 

MARTIN BLAKE

MARTIN BLAKE

The Glasgow Courier reports that after two hours of testimony and arguments, Judge John C. McKeon felt the hardship of 60 days in a county jail and having to register as a sex offender was enough for a man who raped a mere child multiple times. 

Licensed clinical social worker Michael Sullivan testified that Blake would benefit from community-based sex-offender treatment. Sullivan added it would be important for Blake to receive social support during his treatment because Blake had suffered “collapse of social support” after losing his job and family. He is living with his mother who supports him. No mention of support by the child will, all her life, live with the fact she is a rape victim and her father was the rapist. 

Arguments by the public defender Casey Moore said Blake honestly admitted his crimes. But then, the girl’s mother walked in during one rape. You’re caught in the act and deemed honest because you admit your crime? Moore added: 

“He did spend 17 days in jail, and he did lose his job … For the most part, he will be on supervision for the rest of his life.”

Oh, well then. Losing a job and some days in jail should be enough punishment for a rapist and enough redemption for a child who has to live knowing her father raped her—most likely wondering if it was her fault for the rest of her life. 

The prosecuting attorney for the case Dylan Jensen fought for the victim and said Blake “repeatedly raped his daughter” and needed to be held accountable and receive substantial punishment for his actions. What happened then? Judge McKeon stated he was bothered that Jenson brought up multiple incidents of incest, given the sentencing was for only one count of incest. Exhale. 

As news of this story gets out, more of the public is becoming outraged. A petition demanding Judge McKeon lose his job, been created and has garnered close to 15,000 signatures thus far.

It’s as if I’m dreaming, then wake up thinking, “Once again I’m working in my sleep—glad it was just a dream.” But it’s real. This is America. And when rapists continuously go free as with Stanford rapist Brock Turner, and we have a bragging sexual assaulter and alleged child rapist like Republican nominee Donald Trump one step of becoming president, we are a nation sick. Rape culture needs to be continuously exposed and part of our national discourse until it stops.

Being a multiple rape survivor, I am triggered by this story on so many levels and it has been extremely difficult to write. My rapes occurred over 30 years ago and I didn’t seek support until 20 years after when I was put in touch with a rape crisis center after a PTSD episode. I received amazing support and have healed. I can’t imagine how a story like this is affecting rape victims is living with the horror of violations against them want them to know help is out there. And I hope the current national discourse inspires them to finally seek help. 

If you or someone you know has ever been a victim of rape/sexual assault, you are not alone and it’s never too late to seek help. You can find free support via the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673) and/or by visiting the Rape, Abuse Incest National Network/online.RAINN.org. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. You do not have to live with guilt and shame. You are not alone. It’s #NotYourFault.

[EDITOR’S NOTE:  We thought for a long time before deciding to publish Salzillo’s article; but finally decided this sordid kind of “justice” deserves the widest dissemination possible.  The article has been reprinted in Feminism, Pro-Feminism, Womanism, Pro-Feminist Issues, Ideas & Activism, and Daily Kos.  It has been a major subject of discussion Twitter.  It is reprinted here under the general guidelines and permission of Daily Kos. We appreciate any appropriate comments, which can be addressed to: amsmilt@windstream.net]
TRUMP EXPLAINS HIS DANGEROUS THEORY THAT PEOPLE LIKE HIM HAVE SUPERIOR GENES by Jan Hayden

TRUMP EXPLAINS HIS DANGEROUS THEORY THAT PEOPLE LIKE HIM HAVE SUPERIOR GENES by Jan Hayden

PBS and The Huffington Post have uncovered video evidence of Donald Trump’s long-held beliefs that he (and people like him) are genetically superior:  The Frontline documentary “The Choice,” which premiered this week on PBS, reveals that Trump agrees with the dangerous and abusive theory of eugenics.

Trump’s father instilled in him the idea that their family’s success was genetic, according to Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio.

“The family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development,” D’Antonio says in the documentary. “They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring.”

DONALD J. TRUMP, REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

DONALD J. TRUMP, REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

The Huffington Post pulled together video clips of Donald Trump referencing his superior eugenics theory and it is nothing short of horrifying. Copy the following link into your browser, watch, and then continue below for further information on the origins of the racist eugenics theory:

[http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/9/29/1575870/-Shocking-video-of-Trump-explaining-his-dangerous-theory-that-people-like-him-have-superior-genes]

Let’s see. Who else held similar beliefs?

swastika-29312_1280Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a co-called “Master Race.”

But the concept of a white, blond-haired, blue-eyed master Nordic race didn’t originate with Hitler. The idea was created in the United States, and cultivated in California, decades before Hitler came to power. California eugenicists played an important, although little known, role in the American eugenics movement’s campaign for ethnic cleansing.

VICTIMS OF HITLER'S EXTERMINATION POLICY

VICTIMS OF HITLER’S EXTERMINATION POLICY

Eugenics was the racist pseudoscience determined to wipe away all human beings deemed “unfit,” preserving only those who conformed to a Nordic stereotype. Elements of the philosophy were enshrined as national policy by forced sterilization and segregation laws, as well as marriage restrictions, enacted in twenty-seven states. In 1909, California became the third state to adopt such laws. Ultimately, eugenics practitioners coercively sterilized some 60,000 Americans, barred the marriage of thousands, forcibly segregated thousands in “colonies,” and persecuted untold numbers in ways we are just learning. Before World War II, nearly half of coercive sterilizations were done in California, and even after the war, the state accounted for a third of all such surgeries.

No surprise, immigration played a key role in furthering these racist views:

In an America demographically reeling from immigration upheaval and torn by post-Reconstruction chaos, race conflict was everywhere in the early twentieth century. Elitists, utopians and so-called “progressives” fused their smoldering race fears and class bias with their desire to make a better world. They reinvented Galton’s eugenics into a repressive and racist ideology. The intent: populate the earth with vastly more of their own socio-economic and biological kind–and less or none of everyone else.

THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE

THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE

This man has to be stopped and only YOU can do it. Stop him dead in his tracks.  Copy and paste the following link to hear Trump talk about his beliefs in gene theory:

[http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/9/29/1575870/-Shocking-video-of-Trump-explaining-his-dangerous-theory-that-people-like-him-have-superior-genes]

[Special thanks to the Huffington Post and video editor J.M. Rieger; also published with the permission Daily Kos]

TRUMP:  “LAZINESS IS A TRAIT IN BLACKS…I BELIEVE THAT” by Mark Sumner

TRUMP: “LAZINESS IS A TRAIT IN BLACKS…I BELIEVE THAT” by Mark Sumner

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Republicans are very frustrated because the media just keeps making it seem like both the party and their candidate are racist.

Twelve years ago, the GOP seemed on its way toward broadening its base, boasting 167 black delegates at its convention. That year, President George W. Bush drew 16 percent of the black vote here in Ohio, unusually high for a Republican, to help secure his reelection, as well as 11 percent nationally, and party leaders had hoped to increase minority engagement in 2016.

This year, the number of black delegates is 18. Out of 2,472. But that can’t be because of anything Trump has said! After all …

DONALD TRUMP

DONALD TRUMP

Trump has vowed that he would unify the races as president.

“I am not a racist,” he told The Washington Post in an interview earlier this year. “I’m the least racist person that you’ve ever interviewed.”

That’s right. Trump will unify the races around statements like this:

“I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is; I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”

The “laziness” statement came after Donald Trump started having financial difficulties at his casinos in Atlantic City. Trump’s response? He had black accountants. And he managed to squeeze two forms of racism into a single statement.

John O’Donnell, who was president of the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino and later wrote a memoir about his experience, said Trump blamed financial difficulties partly on African American accountants.

“I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza — black guys counting my money!” O’Donnell’s book quoted Trump as saying. “I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else. . . . Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is; I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”

Of course, Trump hasn’t read O’Donnell’s book, because Donald Trump doesn’t read.​ But he did give an interview.

Trump told Playboy magazine that O’Donnell’s memoir was “probably true.”

For those who believe that racism isn’t inherent, but has to be taught. Trump apparently had plenty of opportunities to learn—going back at least to when he was working with his father in the 1970s.donald-trump-1276068_1280

When a black woman asked to rent an apartment in a Brooklyn complex managed by Donald Trump’s real estate company, she said she was told that nothing was available. A short time later, a white woman who made the same request was invited to choose between two available apartments. …

In October 1973, the Justice Department filed a civil rights case that accused the Trump firm, whose complexes contained 14,000 apartments, of violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

The Trumps hired Roy Cohn—yes, that Roy Cohn—to defend them in the case, They did what the Trumps always do, countersued for $100 million and made claims that the government was trying to force them to “rent to people on welfare.” Cohn also helped them concoct a series of claims that the Justice Department was employing “Gestapo tactics.” Cohn’s antics were thrown out. The Trumps settled the case.

But Trump already had a plan to keep from having to deal with that sort of problem again.

At the time the suit was filed, Trump had been thinking about veering away from his father’s ­focus on providing housing for ­lower- and middle-income residents of Brooklyn and Queens, and envisioning his future as a developer of luxury buildings for the rich in Manhattan.

The rest is history.

But Donald Trump’s attitude about race? That’s still very much the present.

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SELF-DETERMINATION–WHOSE LIFE IS IT? by Richard Moberly

SELF-DETERMINATION–WHOSE LIFE IS IT? by Richard Moberly

"Thinking Things Over"

“Thinking Things Over”

A handful of states in the U. S. have changed their laws regarding euthanasia.  They may vary slightly in the details, but all allow an individual to decide on the date of their death due to a deteriorating, progressive disease for which there is no cure.  Why are there only a few states and not all states?

Every state allows for the euthanasia of our pets.  Why is it that we are more compassionate toward the life of our pets than our family members, friends, and ourselves?

Hospices have flourished over the last few decades to attempt to fill the gap between life and death in a more humane way, but still fall short of “assisted suicide.”  The hospice philosophy is to provide comfort and supportive care while awaiting the eventuality we all face—our death.age-993995_1280

Who better than we deserve to be in control of that final chapter in our lives?

Many “churches” claim that taking of our own life is a sin and punishable by the soul going to hell.  That is a pretty scary proposition and exerts a great deal of control over our society.  The Christian base in our society has led the charge for the philosophy and laws in our country that ban suicide and assisted suicide. Their argument is based on the premise that God is in control of the length of life, and anyone who commits suicide is “playing God” or is insane.

One could be cynical about it and believe that neither the Church nor the government want to lose the income from people if they choose their right to death.  They generally strongly support the “Right to Life,” but not the “Right to Death.”

I will allow that, indeed, some who take their own life could be considered to be insane at the time due to passion, influence of a religion, or a radical movement, i.e. suicide bombers.  Others may be considered insane at the time of their decision due to depression over their life situation.  They may feel it is unbearable in their current mental status and unable to cope with their life journey, i.e. gay teensshame-799099_1280 and abused individuals. However, those who are terminally ill, in severe physical pain, and suffering from significantly reduced quality of life, undergo a thoughtfully considered decision toward self- determination.  This usually occurs over a period of time and after careful consideration and discussions with loved ones and friends.

The latter is the situation a close friend of mine is dealing with today.  He has several medical conditions which cause severe pain every day, reduced mental clarity, and loss of physical strength and stamina.  Due to those conditions, he was forced to retire early from his passion–his profession.

My friend began discussing and considering self-determination several years ago as he saw his condition deteriorating.   I have discussed this issue with him several times over the years since he first mentioned his consideration of self-determination.  He has held discussions with family members.  He is taking full control and ownership of his intentions with long and careful thought.

Friendship Bracelet

Friendship Bracelet

I do not see him as insane as he has carefully gone through this thought process.  I also do not believe that anyone should die alone, so I have offered to be on the telephone with him should/when he makes his final decision to act on his self-determination.  I received that call several days ago. He asked if I were still willing to be on the telephone with him.  He has decided that he plans to act on his own behalf sometime in the next few months, pending a medical decision by one of his physicians.  That is a call which I do not look forward to receiving; however, I love my friend enough to be there to support him, so that he does not die alone.

Richard Moberly is a massage therapist and freelance writer who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Richard has lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked as a registered nurse, and Phoenix, Arizona where he owned his own business.
TIME FOR COMMON-SENSE GUN CONTROL by Milt Hankins

TIME FOR COMMON-SENSE GUN CONTROL by Milt Hankins

motivation-1389123_1280        When I was a Republican, years ago, if I had been encouraged to accept someone like Donald Trump as the party nominee for President of the United States, I would have said “No way; no how!”  I would have been an emphatic leader in the “Dump Trump” movement.

        Trump is likely going to be, notwithstanding efforts to the contrary, the Republican nominee for the presidency.  I have not been a Republican for nearly twenty years; so, I’m not awfully invested in Republican decision-making, despite what readers might think.

        I AM invested in the on-going efforts in Congress to deal someway, somehow with the issue of gun control.  It appears that nothing is working!–certainly not appeasing the NRA; certainly not outlawing any type of gun, certainly not doing anything that smacks of repudiating the Second Amendment.old-438035_1280 (2)

        To make sure readers really know what the Second Amendment says, here it is:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

        The context is obvious.  Now, we no longer need a citizen-based well-regulated militia.  It is clearly no longer “necessary to the security of a free State.” We have a powerful United States military establishment.  We have individual state National Guards, and every municipality has a well-qualified police force.

         I cannot envision a time when the guy across the street (I’m too old!) will be called upon to serve as a citizen-soldier in a “well regulated Militia” to protect the sovereignty of our nation.

        I have no problem with pistols for target shooting or for protection against home invasion.  I have no problem with the kind of weaponry my father owned for hunting.squirrel-111258_1280  Caveat:  As long as these weapons are kept secured from inquisitive children. When my son became a policeman, I gave him my pistol.  I told him I was assuming he knew how to handle it safely, and that I never wanted to hear that one of my grand-daughters had been killed by the mishandling of a pistol I had given their father.child-1260421_1280

         I do have a huge problem with individuals owning military-style weapons manufactured for the singular purpose of mass-killing human beings!  Manufacture and possession of these types of weapons must be outlawed in our country.  Further, a deadline should be set for the collection of these privately-held weapons–not by seizure–but by their being voluntarily surrendered to appropriate authorities–then destroyed!gun-728958_1280

         As to mass murderers using the aforesaid weapons, because they see no reason to obey the law, where would they obtain them?  Consider that illegal weapons would, as well, be collected by the appropriate authorities in due time.

        For the Congress to ignore the need for adequate gun control after the horrific deaths of hundreds of Americans in government buildings, schools, theaters, bars and at public events is nonsensical.  Legislators who refuse to act responsibly must, in the future, be denied a seat in the hallowed chambers of government.capital-273344_1280